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1976 / Eisenhower Gem Proof Dollar



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The Eisenhower Dollar was issued from 1971 to 1978. The obverse of the coin features Dwight D. Eisenhower and the reverse is based on the Apollo 11 mission insignia which marked man’s first steps on the moon. The Chief Engraver for the United States Mint Frank Gasparro designed both the obverse and the reverse of the coin. To prepare the design, Gasparro studied 30 pictures of the former President and Five Star General as well as a drawing he had made in 1945 after catching a glimpse of Eisenhower at a parade in 1945.

Americans have long considered the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 as the birthday of the United States. And 1976 was a special year: the 200th anniversary, or bicentennial, of our nation’s founding. So for 1976, the U.S. Mint released special versions of three circulating coins: the Washington quarter, the Kennedy half dollar and the Eisenhower dollar. Instead of just the year noted, a dual date of “1776-1976” was featured.

This 1976 coin features sharp relief and mirror-like backgrounds, giving it a frosted, sculpted foregrounds and a special cameo effect. Similar to coin shown.